Today the NSPCC are launching their Share Aware Campaign to help parents of 8-12 year old stay safe online when using social networks. More children of this age are members of social networks than I would have thought – one in five 8-11 year olds who go online are members of a social network.
The NSPCC website now has a wealth of information to help parents to learn about the various social networks that there are and how to keep your child safe when using them. Check it out here. There is a handy tool called Net-Aware which will tell you the important information about any social network you search for. They also have some helpful tips on talking to your children about online safety.
You can also download their parent’s guide to being Share Aware here.
It is a great campaign and so important for helping to keep our children safe online. You can join in the debate online using the hashtag #shareaware
Do remember that anyone looking for advice about keeping children safe online, or concerned about the safety and welfare of a child, can contact the NSPCC’s 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children worried about online safety or any other problem can call the free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111 or get help online at www.childline.org.uk